Prevention Employment Specialist
- Job Title
- Prevention Employment Specialist
- Chicago, IL
- Other Location
AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. We envision a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. Our work focuses on advancing health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, being a bold voice for change and strengthening our organizational excellence.
We are seeking an individual to serve as our Prevention Employment Specialist. The primary responsibility of the Prevention Employment Specialists is to assist justice-involved individuals in identifying and addressing barriers to obtaining gainful employment. This role serves a key function as a part of the Women Evolving program which aims to increase economic opportunities of Black Cis and Trans women. This includes creating partnerships with employers, staying closely connected with partner agencies and their employment-related services, staying current about employment openings in the Chicagoland area, and connect individuals to these opportunities. This position will directly link with the Employment Navigators to provide workforce development to women of the Women Evolving program.
Principle functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Program Coordination and Monitoring
- Identify and overcome barriers for clients of the Women Evolving program to gain employment;
- Partner with RiseKit, Chicago Cook Workforce Alliance, Chicagoland Workforce Development, Employment coalitions and taskforce groups to build economic workforce partnerships, identify and increase workforce opportunities;
- Represent the Women Evolving program and build relationships with clients, navigators, and corrections case managers;
- Assist to create and support a Housing and Employment Resource Center (HERC);
- Connect clients with agencies and outside services related to employment and monitor their progress;
- Document employment and income goals for clients in CaseWorthy (AFC’s client database);
- Assist clients with obtaining and/or completing necessary documents to submit for possible employment;
- Provide transportation for clients to employment-related events or appointments as needed;
- Provide regular feedback about program successes and challenges to Vice President of Prevention & Community Partnerships;
- Provide ongoing support to Women Evolving during employment-related events including summits or virtual training sessions;
- Participate in case management meetings with staff and other team members to strategize about employment opportunities, provide updates and increase effectiveness with clients involving difficult situations.
- Work collaboratively with all Women Evolving and Prevention team members;
- Participate in staff training, staff meetings, and development activities as directed;
- Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
- Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
2 years’ experience in employment coordinator, case management, or social worker.
A Bachelor’s degree in social work, public health, psychology, counseling, or a related field.
Previous experience working with justice-involved populations.
Experience working with employers, supportive employment programs, and job training initiatives.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Ability to utilize a client-center approach, demonstrating empathy and positive regard for all program clients.
The ability to enter, record, store, or maintain information in written or electronic form.
Knowledge of, or ability to quickly develop competency with, issues related to justice involvement, effective intervention techniques, and motivational interviewing. Understanding stigma, mental illness, and effective crisis intervention techniques.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to provide efficient, quality service to both internal and external clients.
Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.
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Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.